Husband and I had to sit down and take a serious look at some things. This heat and drought is doing a number on our livestock. No one is gaining weight. Chickens that should be butchered this month are still too light, cows are stagnant on weight, Murrial has actually lost some.
Then the deaths. All the bunnies have been dieing. The butchering chickens as well. We have managed to stop the chicken death by spraying the enclosure off with water several times a day and flooding part of the ground. The rabbits we are still trying to figure out. But without moving air (wind some days in no existent) and the air temps reaching over 115F on some days, it's a struggle to say the least.
Then we have to look at the price of hay. We have a few more months worth, but that's it. We won't get much from our hay guy, and the prices from others is getting a bit ridiculous. And with no one here buying live cattle, save the meat lockers, we are facing butchering all the bulls, except the very young one, and possibly a couple of the heifers. It is a hard decision, and one we have talked seriously about. But if things don't change quickly it is the only choice we will be faced with. No worries, Yart and Yippee are too young still. But XuXi and X and Yogi are not. Winston, our breeder, will have to go as well. We have drawn the line on how long we will wait for things to improve. If not we start losing money, and that could jeopardize the entire herd.
We are working hard to save the garden. Even with all the mulch and watering every day, the sun is relentless and is burning the leaves up on everything. Tomatoes do not like to set fruit over 95F. We haven't seen it that cool in a month. And I have just used the last of our canned tomato products. I see all these people coming here (blog) looking for preserving their green beans, but my own have yet to produce a single thing. Our squash is doing surprisingly well however, which means I can at least make some fancy ketchups.